Hazing News

Another 2020 close call — TCU

Moderator: This is the same university that had injured pledges in September 2020:

TCU placed a fraternity on probation after a hazing investigation revealed that students involved in a car crash last November had been sent by the chapter to steal property from another school.

Lambda Chi Alpha will be on probation through December 2021, according to the annual memorandum sent to all students by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Russel.

A description of the violation in the memo said new members of the chapter were “compelled to steal a rival school’s property.”

Chapter representatives and the national office of Lambda Chi Alpha did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The inquiry into hazing began after reports of a one-vehicle crash outside of Lubbock, Texas on the morning of Nov. 5. All four people in the vehicle were TCU students, according to the university.

One of the students, Joe Radanovich, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock after the car flipped four to six times, according to the Texas Department of Transportation crash report for the accident.

Radanovich suffered punctured lungs and two fractured vertebrae.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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